Bruins drop second straight to Red Wings, 4-2

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Bruins drop second straight to Red Wings, 4-2

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

DETROIT The Bruins came out of the chute Sunday with plenty of jump, physicality and verve, as they were ready to avenge Friday nights embarrassing loss to the Red Wings. But they faded as the game moved along and once again had difficulty slowing down the skilled, surgeon-like Wings in a 4-2 loss to Detroit at the historic Joe Louis Arena."They played really tight in the defensive zone and the neutral zone," said Bruins wingerMilan Lucic, who was kept off the score sheet and off the 'hit chart'. "You definitely have to work really hard to get your chances, and that's what's made them a good hockey club for a long time here."We felt really good before the game and in the first period, and it's just too bad we couldn't get the job done."Todd Bertuzzi scored the backbreaker for the Wings with less than six minutes to go in the third period, giving Detroit a resounding home-and-home sweep of the Bs.There were some good things going on for the Bruins as Tyler Seguin responded with a goal minutes into the game, and both Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder played with some energy and effectiveness. But Patrice Bergerons line was once again neutralized by the Wings, and there was nothing from key offensive players like Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.A Brad Marchand mistake in front of Tim Thomas during a line change led to a Todd Bertuzzi goal, and a neutral zone breakdown by Seguin and Dennis Seidenberg led to the game-winning strike for Kris Draper in the second period. Marchand scored a power-play goal in the second to make amends for his early game mistake, but the Bruins couldnt generate much offense after a good first period.They were outshot 19-5 in the second period. That period sucked momentum out of the Bruins and couldnt find a way to reignite the flame. Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.